VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity


Cast your vote at the Rant-like-Rick finale!

Rant-like-Rick Finale - Cast your vote!

3 Rants | 2-minutes each | 1 Winner | Cast your vote!

People's Choice Awards at CREATE

People's Choice Events

Online events you can checkout whenever then cast your vote for your favourite!


SHORT Films Fest

Tune in at 1pm on Wednesday, April 14!

Join us for CREATE 2020|2021

CREATE is an all-campus student event run by the Office of Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity. 


  1. To recognize and celebrate student scholarship, research, and creative activity.

  2. To offer a venue for students to attend an academic style conference within a safe, collegial atmosphere.

  3. To afford students the opportunities to share their work and get feedback.

  4. To help foster the culture of scholarship, research, and creative activity at VIU.

CREATE 2020|2021 Intro for Students

Oral Presentation Workshop

Covers 10-minute presentations, SLAMs, Rants, and VIUTube. Recorded at a live Zoom session on February 17.

Poster Presentation Workshop

Covers Research Posters, Infographics, using PowerPoint to format, and TwitterPosters. Recorded at a live Zoom session on February 18.

How to make a word cloud tutorial for students

The word cloud tutorial was designed for ENGL115 in mind, but includes a great intro to word clouds and how to use the online platform WordArt.

What is a research poster?

This video covers the following:

  • What is a research poster?
  • What should a research poster include?
  • Lots of examples including some made by VIU students for CREATE

What is an Infographic?

The following video covers the following:

  • What is an Infographic?
  • How is it different than a Research Poster?
  • Examines a number of different types of infographics and best practices for each type.

Basic Poster Formatting

Good for Research Posters and Infographics

For CREATE 2021 - since they will be online, use the 16:9 ratio option when deciding the size of your slide!

The video covers:

  • How to format a poster in PowerPoint
  • How to insert words and pictures
  • How to save it to various file types
  • Tips and suggestions regarding fonts, colours, and basic layout

How to prepare a 10-minute presentation

This video covers:

  • What is a 10-minute presentation?
  • Best practices for the slide and speaking parts
  • A brief intro to how 10-minute presentations will go at CREATE.

How to SLAM!

Originally done for sharing with Dr. M. Hopwood's class during Spring 2021, but great for anyone interested in doing a SLAM! at CREATE. Will cover:

  • What is a SLAM?
  • How to properly format a SLAM
  • Best practices for the slide and speaking parts

2020|2021 Schedule

The 'what, when and where' for CREATE 2020|2021.

Ways to Present

From posters to short films. This is where you will find info on all the different ways to participate at CREATE 2020|2021.


Priority registration ended March 5 - but there is still lots of room in most events. If you want to submit a SHORT film, please email directly. For all other events, just fill out a registration form.


If you need to learn how to make a poster, or do well with a SLAM, make sure to check out one of our student workshops!

Awards & Prizes

Here's a preliminary list - as more are added, they will be listed here.


Our Fantastic Community Sponsors!

CREATE would not be possible with out the support and expertise of a number of people and businesses in our community. We encourage everyone to check these places out and say a big VIU thank-you!

Concept Photography logo

Concept Photography is a boutique studio located in Nanaimo. We are proud to be celebrating 23 year in business. 

Tannar Picture logo

Tannar Pictures, owned by Zachary Tannar, is a local video services business. From concept to screen Tannar Pictures can help you communicate your story.

Duncan's Volume One Bookstore Logo

Volume One opened its doors in 1972 and has been a focal point of downtown Duncan ever since.  


Excellent Frameworks Gallery (Home of the E.J. Hughes Gallery) has been a staple of Excellence in Downtown Duncan for over forty years.